When Boston took a 9-3 lead over the Royals in the fourth inning on Saturday evening at Fenway Park, a number of baseball writers began suggesting that the Red Sox looked like they were finally having fun — or something to that effect — in the wake of that recent nine-player blockbuster trade that jettisoned at least clubhouse cancer to the National League West.
But that narrative was torched rather quickly.
Kansas City rallied back for six runs in the seventh inning to tie the game 9-9, then broke through for the go-ahead tally in the 12th. The final score was 10-9. And the Red Sox are now 60-67 in 2012.
It’s going to be a long September off Yawkey Way. At least, that’s our narrative.
Your Saturday box scores:
Rockies 4, Cubs 3
Astros 1, Mets 3
Athletics 4, Rays 2
Twins 3, Rangers 9
Cardinals 2, Reds 8
Braves 7, Giants 3
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 8
Yankees 1, Indians 3
Angels 3, Tigers 5
Nationals 2, Phillies 4
Brewers 0, Pirates 4
Mariners 4, White Sox 5
Padres 9, Diamondbacks 3
Royals 10, Red Sox 9 (12 innings)
Marlins 2, Dodgers 8
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.